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Gloria Ross papers, circa 1924-1998

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1926-1998
5 folders
Box 1

A small amount of biographical material on Gloria Ross includes resumes,
Who's Who
biographies, career summaries, a high school yearbook, and her college diploma. Also found is one videocassette containing a television interview. Family records primarily consist of news clippings about Ross's father, Alfred Frankenthaler.
DescriptionContainer
Biographical Summaries, circa 1970s-1990s
1
1
Dallas Television Interview, 1979
1 videocassette (betamax)
1
2
Frankenthaler Family, 1958, circa 1926-1928
1
3
Horace Mann School for Girls, 1940
1
4
Mount Holyoke College, 1944, 1998
1
5

Series 2: Correspondence, 1965-1998
0.7 linear feet
Box 1

Correspondence is with artists, weavers, workshops, publications, and galleries. Contents are primarily of a professional nature discussing tapestry commissions and sales, artist collaborations, exhibitions. Subject matter may directly relate to correspondence found within project files, exhibition files, and personal business records. Some of the correspondence is in French.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1965-1969
1
6-8
Correspondence, 1970-1978
1
9-12
Correspondence, 1979-1988
1
13-18
Correspondence, 1989-1998
1
19-26

Series 3: Project Files, 1960-1998
7.3 linear feet
Boxes 1-7, 14-15, 17-19, OVs 20, 22-24, Artifact

Project files primarily document Ross's collaborations with prominent artists to create tapestries of their paintings. She worked with artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Romare Bearden, Louise Nevelson, Milton Avery, and Stuart Davis to create designs and selected weavers to translate the artworks into tapestries. She also oversaw commissions and sales of these works to individuals, corporations, and museums. Project files may include correspondence, contracts, invoices, notes, photographs, yarn samples, and a few maquettes and cartoons. Also of note are extensive files regarding her collaborations with Kenneth Noland, with whom she had the longest working relationship of any artist. Included is documentation regarding the Native/Noland series. For this series Ross worked with Navajo weavers to create tapestries based on Noland's geometric paintings. Researchers should note that a few files document project collaborations that were never realized.
Other project files found here include a commissioned tapestry for Temple Emanu-El in collaboration with artist Mark Podwal, as well as commissions for Mazza Gallerie, Phoenix Civic Center, and Westinghouse Broadcasting Company. Documents include correspondence, invoices, agreements, photographs, and notes. Files regarding a Vesti Corporation mostly contain legal records and correspondence regarding Gloria Ross's role in the project.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries.
3.1: Artist Collaborations, 1960-1998
3.2: Other Projects, 1971-1997
3.1:Artist Collaborations, 1960-1998
DescriptionContainer
Anuszkiewicz, Richard, circa 1971-1979
1
27-30
Avery, Milton, 1973-1993
Oversized material housed in Box 17
2
1-7
Bearden, Romare, 1974-1997
Oversized material housed in Box 19
2
8-12
Bill, Max, 1971-1977
2
13
Calder, Alexander, 1976-1994
2
14
Cosindas, Marie, 1966-1979
2
15
Davis, Gene, 1972-1973
2
16-17
Davis, Stuart, 1987-1995
Oversized material housed in Box 14
2
18-24
Downing, Thomas, circa 1970
2
25
Dubuffet, Jean, 1973-1995
2
26-27
Dubuffet, Jean, 1973-1995
Oversized material housed in Box 14
3
1-2
Dufy, Raoul, 1992-1993
3
3
Erte, 1975-1983
3
4
Feeley, Paul, 1966-1971
3
5
Frankenthaler, Helen, Fourth National Bank and Trust Commission, 1973-1975
Oversized material housed in Box 15
3
6-9
Frankenthaler, Helen, Halperin Commission, 1969-1972
3
10
Frankenthaler, Helen, Southeast Banking Corporation Commission, 1982-1983
3
11-12
Frankenthaler, Helen, Winters Bank Tower Commission, 1971-1972
3
13-15
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1966-1998
Oversized material housed in Box 15
3
16-22
Goodnough, Robert, 1967-1991
Oversized material housed in Boxes 17 and 19
4
1-2
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1970-circa 1976
Oversized material housed in Box 17 and OV 23
4
3-6
Gray, Eileen, 1979-1980
4
7
Held, Al, 1968-1975
4
8-10
Hofmann, Hans, 1976-1995
4
11-13
Jenkins, Paul, 1973-1982
4
14-17
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1965, 1972
4
18
Lawrence, Jacob, 1990-1994
4
19
Liberman, Alexander, 1974-1976
Oversized material housed in Box 14
4
20
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1980
4
21
Lidner, Richard, 1973-1974
4
22-23
Louis, Morris, 1970-1971
4
24
Marca-Relli, Conrad, 1970-1983
Oversized material housed in Box 14
4
25
Moore, Henry, 1972-1973
4
26
Motherwell, Robert, 1960-1993
Oversized material housed in Box 18
4
27-33
Nevelson, Louise, circa 1972-1980
4
34-35
Nevelson, Louise, 1976-1998
Oversized material housed in Box 14, 18, and OV 22
5
1-5
Noland, Kenneth, 1967-1997
Oversized material housed in OV 20
5
5-13
Noland, Kenneth, Native/Noland Tapestries, 1979-1997
5
14-34
Noland, Kenneth, Native/Noland Tapestries, 1980-1996
6
1-4
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1970-1978
6
5
Poons, Larry, 1970-1971
6
6
Ross, Clifford, 1974-1979
6
7
Samaras, Lucas, 1974-1975
6
8
Smith, Richard, 1967-1992
6
9
Stella, Frank, 1972-1990
6
10
Trova, Ernest, 1972-1993
Oversized material housed in Box 17
6
11-12
Youngerman, Jack, 1968-1997
Oversized material housed in Boxes 17, 19, OV 23, and OV 24
6
13-19
Youngerman, Jack, Portland Court House, circa 1976
6
20-22
Oversized, Davis, Stuart from Box 2, Folders 18-24, circa 1970s
14
1
Oversized, Dubuffet, Jean from Box 3, Folders 1-2, 1973
14
2
Oversized, Liberman, Alexander from Box 4, Folder 20, circa 1974
14
3
Oversized, Marca-Relli, Conrad from Box 4, Folder 25, 1970s
14
4
Oversized, Nevelson, Louise from Box 5, Folders 1-5, circa 1970s-1980s
14
5
Oversized, Frankenthaler, Helen, Fourth National Bank and Trust Commission from Box 3, Folders 6-9, circa 1973
15
1
Oversized, Frankenthaler, Helen from Box 3, Folder 16-22, circa 1969-1980s
15
2-4
Oversized, Avery, Milton from Box 2, Folders 1-7, circa 1970s
17
1
Oversized, Goodnough, Robert from Box 4, Folders 1-2, circa 1970s
17
2
Oversized, Gottlieb, Adolph from Box 4, Folders 3-6, circa 1970s
17
3
Oversized, Trova, Ernest from Box 6, Folders 11-12, circa 1970s
17
4
Oversized, Youngerman, Jack from Box 6, Folders 13-19, circa 1970s
17
5
Oversized, Motherwell, Robert from Box 4, Folders 27-33, circa 1970s
18
Oversized, Nevelson, Louise from Box 5, Folders 1-5, circa 1970s
18
Oversized, Bearden, Romare from Box 2, Folders 8-12, circa 1970s
19
Oversized, Goodnough, Robert from Box 4, Folders 1-2, circa 1970s
19
Oversized, Youngerman, Jack from Box 6, Folders 13-19, circa 1970s
19
Oversized, Noland, Kenneth from Box 5, Folders 5-13, circa 1970s
OV 20
Oversized, Nevelson, Louise from Box 5, Folders 1-5, circa 1970s
OV 22
Oversized, Gottlieb, Adolph from Box 4, Folders 3-6, circa 1970s
OV 23
Oversized, Youngerman, Jack from Box 6, Folders 13-19, circa 1970s
OV 23
Oversized, Youngerman, Jack from Box 6, Folders 13-19, circa 1970s
OV 24
3.2:Other Projects, 1971-1997
DescriptionContainer
Congregation Emanu-El, 1994-1997
Oversized material housed in Box 14
6
23-29
Mazza Gallerie, Prudential Insurance Company, 1984-1986
7
1-2
Phoenix Civic Center, 1986-1988
7
3
Vesti Corporation, KAIA Project, 1980-1982
7
4-5
Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, 1971-1973
7
6
Oversized, Congregation Emanu-El from Box 6, Folders 23-29, circa 1990s
14
6

Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1967-1994
0.8 linear feet
Boxes 7-8, 17

Exhibition files document various solo and group exhibitions of Gloria Ross tapestries. Files may include correspondence, planning documents, loan forms, lists of works, press clippings, exhibition catalogs, and photographs. Also included are records of the exhibition "Navajo Weavings: State of the Art," curated by Ross at Kauffman Galleries. One videocassette documents an unspecified exhibition of Gloria Ross tapestries. Researchers should note that additional documentation on exhibitions may be found in Series 2: Correspondence.
DescriptionContainer
Richard Feigen Gallery, "Gloria F. Ross" (1969), 1969
7
7-8
Richard Feigen Gallery, "Tapestries by Gloria F. Ross" (1971), 1970-1971
7
9
Pyramid Galleries, "Gloria F. Ross Tapestries" (1972), 1972
7
10
Pace Gallery, "Tapestries" (1975), circa 1975
7
11
International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne (1977), 1976-1978
7
12
New Gallery of Contemporary Art, "Gloria F. Ross Tapestries" (1977), 1977
7
13
Kauffman Fine Art, "Tapestry" (1977), 1977-1982
7
14
Jacksonville Art Museum, "Tapestries and Banners" (1977), 1977
7
15
Unidentified Venue, "Gloria Ross Tapestries Exhibit", circa 1978
1 videocassette (u-matic)
7
16
J. Walter Thompson, "Gloria F. Ross Contemporary Tapestries" (1978), 1978
7
17
Ringling Museum of Art, "Contemporary Tapestries" (1978), 1977-1978
7
18
Nabisco, Inc., "Contemporary Tapestries" (1978), 1978
7
19
NorthPark National Bank, "Gloria F. Ross Tapestries" (1979), 1978-1979
7
20
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, "Gloria F. Ross Tapestries" (1979), 1978-1979
Oversized material housed in Box 17
7
21
Thomas Segal Gallery, "Paper, Clay, and Tapestry" (1979), 1978-1979
7
22
William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, "The Art of Louise Nevelson" (1979-1980), 1979
7
23
FIAC80, Paris (1980), 1980
7
24
Scottish Arts Council, "Master Weavers: Tapestry from the Dovecot Studios" (1980-1981), 1980-1981
7
25-26
Kauffman Galleries, "Navajo Weaving: State of the Art" (1983), 1982-1983
7
27
Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, "Tapestry: Contemporary Imagery Ancient Tradition" (1986), 1985-1986
7
28
Rutgers Barclay Gallery, "Tapestries" (1989), 1988-1989
7
29-30
Centre International De L'Architecture Tissee, "D'Artistes Americains Contemporains" (1990), circa 1990
7
31
Group Shows, 1967-1988
7
32-33
Various Exhibitions on Stuart Davis, 1989-1994
8
1-2
Oversized, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum from Box 7, Folder 21, 1978-1979
17
6

Series 5: Professional Activities, 1955-1997
0.7 linear feet
Box 8

Found here are records of Gloria Ross's professional activities, including her participation in symposia, lectures, public events, and documentary film projects. Files may include correspondence, draft lectures, programs, and event publicity. Two short documentaries found on two videocassettes were produced for the Denver Art Museum. Also found are records of Ross's service on the board of the Textile Museum. Additionally there are subject files that Ross maintained regarding various artists, weavers, and tapestry workshops, which include correspondence, photographs of artwork, publications, and lists.
DescriptionContainer
Artists, 1985-1993
8
3
Board Member, Child Development Center, 1955-1972
8
4
Board Member, Textile Museum, 1992-1997
8
5
Documentary, "Weavers", 1992
1 videocassette (vhs)
8
6
Documentary, "Weave of Life", 1992
1 videocassette (vhs)
8
7
Lecture, Asia Society, 1992
8
8
Lecture, Yale Club, 1991-1992
8
9
Symposium, University of Maryland, 1988-1989
8
10
Symposium, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, 1987-1988
8
11-12
Talks and Events, Miscellaneous, 1973-1991
8
13-15
Weavers and Workshops, Archie Brennan, 1987-1991
8
16
Weavers and Workshops, Sheila Hicks, 1978-1980
8
17
Weavers and Workshops, Ramona Sakiestewa, 1983-1994
8
18
Weavers and Workshops, "Durango Collection", circa 1990s
1 videocassette (vhs)
8
19
Weavers and Workshops, International, 1972-1993
8
20
Weavers and Workshops, Miscellaneous, circa 1982-1994
8
21-22

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1964-1998
1.8 linear feet
Boxes 8-10, OV 21

Personal business records primarily document Ross's business relationships with weaving workshops and art galleries. Included are extensive correspondence, agreements, and financial documents from Atelier Raymond Picaud, Pinton atelier, and Edinburgh Tapestry Company (Dovecot Studios). Also found are extensive records with Pace Editions, the major sales agent of Gloria Ross tapestries. Other records include commission ideas, inventories of works, sales records, and travel documents. Also of note is business correspondence with tapestry producer Yvette Conquil-Prince. Researchers should note that much of the documentation in this series is in French.
DescriptionContainer
Atelier Raymond Picaud, 1972-1975
8
23-25
Bills and Receipts, 1964-1978
8
26-27
Business Cards and Addresses, circa 1970s-1990s
9
1
Cauquil-Prince, Yvette, 1973-1985
9
2
Commission Notes and Ideas, 1965-1970s
9
3
Contract Forms, circa 1960s-1980s
9
4
Edinburgh Tapestry Company (Dovecot), circa 1969-1988
9
5-9
Galleries, Miscellaneous, 1980-1982
9
10
Gallery 10, 1980-1997
9
11-12
Gallery Urban, 1990-1991
9
13
Handarbetets vanner, 1975-1976
9
14
Hokin Gallery, 1978-1988
9
15
Hooberman Gallery, 1981-1982
9
16
Inventory of Materials, circa 1970s
9
17
Kennedy Tapestries, 1981-1988
9
18
Le Corbusier and Leger Tapestries, circa 1984-1994
9
19
Manufactura De Tapecarias De Portalegre, 1970-1974
9
20
Marjory Jacobson Fine Arts Planning Group, 1982-1986
9
21
Navajo Rugs, 1992-1993
9
22
Pace Editions, Inc., 1972-1995
Oversized poster housed in OV 21
9
23-25
Pinton, 1971-1988
9
26-33
Pinton, 1989-1998
10
1-5
PR Past and for Future, 1972-1985
10
6
Price Lists, circa 1990s
10
7
Sales, Frank Guidara, 1988
10
8
Scheuer Tapestry Studio, 1984-1987
10
9
Stephanie Mallis, Inc., 1992-1993
10
10
Tapestry Dealers, 1971-1997
10
11
Tapestry Workshops, France, circa 1970-1979
10
12
Travel Documents, 1988-1989
10
13
Unpriced Inventory, circa 1990s
10
14
Victorian Tapestry Workshop, 1981-1988
10
15
Address Card File, circa 1970s-1990s
10
16
Oversized Pace Editions, Inc. Poster from Box 9, Folders 23-25, 1972
OV 21

Series 7: Printed Material, 1970s-1990s
0.8 linear feet
Boxes 10-11, 14

Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, posters, and press releases, as well as news clippings regarding exhibitions of Gloria Ross tapestries and Navajo tapestries. Also found are a few newsletters and bulletins from art museums.
DescriptionContainer
Auction Catalog, 1997
10
17
Book,
Reflections of the Weaver's World
, 1992
10
18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1970s-1990s
10
19-20
News Clippings, circa 1970s-1990s
Oversized material housed in Box 14
11
1-2
Newsletters and Bulletins, 1979-1992
11
3
Postcards (Blank), circa 1970s
11
4
Posters, 1972
11
5
Press Releases, circa 1970s-1980s
11
6
Oversized News Clippings from Box 11, Folders 1-2, 1970s-1980s
14
7

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1924-1990s
1.1 linear feet
Boxes 11, 16

Personal photographs of Gloria Ross depict her as a child, on her wedding day, at an event with Gerald Ford, and with her sister Helen Frankenthaler. Also found are numerous photographs and color transparencies of Gloria Ross tapestries, including a few installation views, and Navajo tapestries donated and exhibited at the Denver Art Museum. Additionally, there are many polaroids of Navajo weavers and their tapestries and weavers working at the Pinton Atelier and Edinburgh Tapestry Company.
DescriptionContainer
Gloria Ross, 1946-1981
11
7
Frankenthaler Family, circa 1924-1930s
11
8
Gloria Ross Tapestries, circa 1966-1990s
Oversized material housed in Box 16, Folder 5
11
9-13
Gloria Ross Tapestries, Negatives, circa 1970s-1980s
11
14
Gloria Ross Tapestries, Transparencies, circa 1970s-1980s
11
15-19
Edinburgh Tapestry Company, 1970s
11
20
Navajo Rugs, 1986, 1993
11
21
Navajo Weavers, 1980-1981, 1990
11
22
Navajo Weavings, circa 1980s
11
23-24
Pinton Atelier, 1976
11
25
Robert Halperin House, circa 1970s
11
26
Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, 1981
11
27
Various Weaving Workshops, Negatives, 1970s
11
28
Exhibition Opening, Denver Art Museum, 1992
11
29
Tapestries at Denver Art Museum, circa 1991-1992
11
30
Tapestries At Denver Art Museum, Transparencies, circa 1991
11
31-32
Calder Tapestries, Slides, circa 1970s
11
33
Miscellaneous Slides, circa 1970s-1990s
11
34
Oversized Photograph Album, Tapestry Workshops, circa 1969-1972
16
1
Oversized Photograph Album, Gloria Ross Tapestries, circa 1970s
16
2
Oversized Photograph Album, Gloria Ross Tapestries, circa 1970s
16
3-4
Oversized Photographs, Gloria Ross Tapestries from Box 11, Folders 9-13, circa 1970s-1990s
16
5

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1970s-1990s
1.1 linear feet
Boxes 11-14, 17, 19

Artwork of note includes a small painted canvas by Paul Jenkins. Additional artwork includes color swatches, yarn, and unidentified textile samples, most likely created for collaborative projects with painters. Researchers should note that many other identified drawings and textile samples are included in Series 3: Project Files.
DescriptionContainer
Paul Jenkins, Painting on Canvas, circa 1970s
11
35
Textile Samples, circa 1970s-1990s
12
1-4
Textile Samples, circa 1970s
Oversized material housed in Boxes 14 and 19
13
1
Yarn Samples, circa 1970s-1990s
13
2-3
Oversized Artwork Color Samples, circa 1970s
17
7
Oversized Textile Samples from Box 13, Folder 1, circa 1970s-1990s
14
8
Oversized Textile Samples from Box 13, Folder 1, circa 1970s-1990s
19

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